LA TERROR THREAT
Authorities are increasing security at transit stations in Los Angeles as a precaution after receiving a terror threat that has not yet been corroborated. The threat was about something that would happen on Tuesday at the Universal City Red Line station, according to the FBI. The threat was telephoned to an anonymous law-enforcement line in a foreign country."This could be real, it could be a hoax," said Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell.
The death toll in Friday night's warehouse fire in Oakland, California, is now up to 36, with 75 percent of the building site now cleared. Officials say they don't expect to find many more bodies under the charred remains. The district attorney says they will be doing a thorough investigation, and there could be murder or involuntary manslaughter charges filed, but they are not saying against whom. Authorities say the warehouse was illegally converted into housing and an artist studio. Neighbors and employees complain the building's owner routinely skirted the fire codes. The building had just one open exit, and officials say they found no evidence of sprinklers.
-- President-elect Donald Trump named former rival Ben Carson as his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He would be the first African-American nominated to be in his administration.
-- Trump met Monday with former Vice President Al Gore in Trump Tower to discuss climate policy.
-- He's expanded his search for a secretary of State. New contenders include John Bolton, former US ambassador to the UN under President George W. Bush; Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah and US ambassador to China under President Obama; disgraced former general David Petraeus; Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobile; and Admiral Stavridis, a man with a lot of NATO experience.
For the first time ever, a Japanese prime minister will visit Pearl Harbor. Shinzo Abe will join President Obama at the site later this month to commemorate 75 years since the Japanese attack. The historic meeting comes on the heels of President’s Obama symbolic visit to Hiroshima earlier this year. Abe told reporters that “we must never repeat the tragedy of the war.' It was a refrain President Obama also repeated during his historic trip to Hiroshima earlier this year. The symbolic visit between the two leaders will happen at the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. Abe's visit to Hawaii is planned for December 27th. The actual 75th anniversary of the attack is Wednesday.
Russia's military has said Syrian government troops have seized more than 52 percent of the opposition-held east of Aleppo as they continue a relentless offensive that is steadily shrinking the area defended by rebel groups in the city as the government made major gains in the past week.
Iran's President says his country will not allow President-elect Trump to rip-up the nuclear deal when he takes office. Hassan Rouhani...says Iran will not allow the agreement to be abandoned. The nuclear deal between Iran and the U-S, and five other world powers - lifted 'international sanctions' in exchange for 'limitations on Tehran's nuclear program.
NC PARADE SHOOTING
Reports of multiple gunshots Monday evening in North Carolina brought an early and abrupt halt to the Lee County town's Christmas Parade. Initial reports said it happened in front of Perry Brothers Tires Service on Wicker Street shortly before 8 p.m. Reports later said it happened as many as five blocks away from that location. Two people were shot. One is in serious condition while the other has a non-life threatening injury. One suspect is in custody.
SC POLICE TRIAL
A Charleston judge declared a mistrial in the murder trial against former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, after a jury failed to come to a unanimous decision. Prosecutors say they will reopen the case against Slager, a white officer who was videotaped shooting an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, in the back. Strong reactions from some jurors, who cried, and members of the Scott family, who called for peaceful protests.
Republicans, the American Petroleum Institute, and the operator of the Dakota Access pipeline all slammed the Army Corps of Engineers' decision Sunday to halting construction under a dammed portion of the Missouri River to determine if an alternate route is possible. Native American and environmental protesters hail the decision as a victory. They have been camped near the construction sight in North Dakota for months. Dozens of protesters have been arrested since the summer. The Army Corps wants to conduct a full environmental impact study with public input.
Officials in Washington, D.C., say a fake news story drove a man armed with an assault rifle to takes hostages Sunday in a local pizzeria. Shots were fired inside the establishment but authorities say they got the man, described in his 20s, to surrender safely and took him into custody. Nobody was killed or injured. A fake news story surfaced during the presidential election alleging Comet Ping Pong Pizza was trafficking minors for sex involving Hillary Clinton and her campaign chair, John Podesta.
10 states from Washington to Colorado and up to Minnesota are under some sort of Winter Weather Warning or Advisory today, including a blizzard warning for the Dakotas. On Monday snow fell in the Seattle metro area, where usually it's mild enough for rain in the winter. Tuesday and Wednesday the arctic blast will be in the Rockies and start moving into the Midwest. The coldest morning in the Midwest will be Thursday, when wind chills will be -10 and -20. By Friday the arctic blast will move into the Northeast and modify.
The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 2017 Grammy Awards Tuesday morning. Among the top contenders, Adele and Beyonce. The awards ceremony will be held in February.